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Spending varied widely in early ACO test, report says
Modern Healthcare

Medicare spending varied widely among 10 physician groups that tested accountable care ahead of healthcare reform, with the most notable reductions among low-income, medically complex seniors, a newly published estimate shows.

On average, Medicare spending for low-income seniors also covered by Medicaid, a population known as dual eligibles, declined by $532 annually for elderly patients included in the five-year accountable care pilot, according to a report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.